Congressman Jim Cooper has a slippery record on gay rights. He co-sponsored the hate crimes law passed in 2009, and he backs employment nondiscrimination laws. In 2010, he voted to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
But he voted for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one-man-one-woman in 2006 and for an amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004. And he was among 29 House Democrats who didn't sign the 2012 "friend of the court" brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Read The Full Story
The United States sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea on Sunday to join military drills aimed at underscoring the U.S. commitment to defend Seoul in the face of an intensifying campaign of threats from North Korea.
The TN Tenth Amendment Center has written up a list of bills in the legislature that you'll want to know about this week:
The fluoride bills which included Representative Susan Lynn’s bill regulating legislatively identified disease and health conditions and Representative John DeBerry’s referendum bill were sent to summer study committee, after Speaker Beth Harwell said she wants the issue of fluoridation to be studied.
Representative Courtney Rogers bill to prohibit State and local government officials from assisting the military in enforcig the indefinite detention section 1021 in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, failed in the State Government Committee.
A bill granting an owner of property taken by eminent domain a right of first refusal and regulates counter offers and arbitration failed in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which places limitations on the use of drones, passed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and will be heard by the full Committee on April 3. The bill is set to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 2. The policing for profit bill which stops civil assets forfeiture without due process passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and is set to be heard by the full Committee on April 3 and is on the Senate Judiciary April 2nd calendar."
In January, a janitor in Cincinnati received a piece of chilling news from one of her superiors, who had just met with upper management. The company, the supervisor said, was considering cutting some full-time employee hours down below 30 per week in order to avoid paying for new healthcare costs associated with Obamacare.
The janitor, who asked to be called Jennifer for fear of retaliation from management, is well into her 40s and now worries for her livelihood. Read The Full Story